IMA sends legal notice to Bhansali, Akshay over 'Gabbar is Back' scene

New Delhi: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has sent a legal notice to filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actor Akshay Kumar demanding removal of a scene from the film 'Gabbar is Back', which it claimed projects the medical profession in a "derogatory" manner.

Akshay Kumar in 'Gabbar is Back'

"In accordance with the Cinematograph Act, 1952, and other provisions of law, the director, producer and actor are under the obligation and responsible so that no scene from the movie incites commission of any offence," IMA said in a statement today.

Bhansali has produced the film while it has been directed by Krish. Kumar acts in the lead role in the film. "The film shows doctors intentionally providing medical treatment to a person who was already 'dead' before being brought to a hospital. The scene in the movie has not only lowered the dignity of the medical profession, but has also provoked the public at large against the noble profession of the doctors," IMA said in a statement issued today.

Dr KK Aggarwal, the Secretary General of IMA, said, "The legal notice issued yesterday says that the producers, directors and actors created false images for the public so that the movie becomes a hit... (The said scene has) caused immense loss to the reputation of the doctors.

"IMA has demanded immediate removal of the scene from the movie." IMA has also sent a notice to the Censor Board to ban the movie with immediate effect till the objectionable scenes are removed and has also called upon the addressees to tender a written apology to doctors in national newspapers and pay Rs 5 crore as compensation for damaging the image of the medical profession.

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